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Belarus to set up inter-agency working group to promote youth employment

MINSK (BelTA) – A inter-agency working group will be set up in Belarus to deal with the issues related to the youth labor market. The group will include members of the Youth Chamber at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Belarus-Russia Union State. The matter was discussed at a working meeting in the House of Representatives on 22 October, BelTA has learned.

MPs of the Parliamentary Assembly and members of the Youth Chamber discussed youth employment issues and also the problems that the head of state raised during the meeting with students from Grodno universities on 19 October. Members of the Youth Chamber put forward a number of suggestions on how to implement the ideas voiced in Grodno, including in part of employment.

Belarus Labor and Social Security Minister Irina Kostevich welcomed the proposals of young people. She invited young MPs to join the ministerial working group that is being set up in Belarus. According to the minister, the group will consider issues related to the youth labor market, education. The ministries of labor and social security, education together with the young MPs will develop a package of measures to address these issues, will monitor the current situation and propose additional steps.

Today the proportion of working youth is 22.6% in Belarus. The share of unemployed youth is 28.5% (30.8% in 2017).

The meeting participants also discussed the priority areas of the Youth Chamber at the Parliamentary Assembly, social guarantees for young people in the two countries.

The decision to set up the Youth Chamber was adopted at the 53rd session of the Parliamentary Assembly in Bryansk in December 2017. The Parliaments delegate 40 representatives, of whom 20 are citizens of Belarus and 20 citizens of Russia. The Youth Chamber can include members of the legislative (representative) bodies of all levels, representatives of youth parliaments, youth branches of political parties and organizations, youth movements, organizations and public associations. Brest hosted the first meeting in June.